Grain Producers SA’s Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles … Made Easy! workshops have emphasised the importance of good record keeping when it comes to heavy vehicle maintenance, a practice Anthony Pfitzner will now implement in his business.
Anthony and his family farm cereals and sheep on 2200 hectares, 10 kilometres west of Eudunda.
The Pfitzners run several trucks on their property, including an old 1996 Scania 113 tipper and trailer.
Anthony attended the theory and practical workshops held at Riverton in July as he wanted to expand his knowledge on heavy vehicle inspections and compliance responsibilities.
“We have staff who regularly drive our trucks and I want to ensure my vehicles are safe and roadworthy for them,” he said.
“We have a basic understanding of what maintenance we should look out for on our trucks but there can be little things which should not be ignored.
“We need to be taking responsibility of the condition of our vehicle and ensure regular maintenance is being completed.”
Record keeping, even of daily and weekly maintenance checks of the truck, was highlighted as an important practice for growers to adopt.
“The record keeping doesn’t need to be fancy,” Anthony said.
“We just need to make sure we record what we have checked, along with what the mechanic is doing, to provide peace of mind and proof in case something happens involving the vehicle.”
Anthony volunteered to take his Scania tipper to the practical workshop at Vin Callery Transport in Riverton for the practical inspection.
Vin Callery Transport’s Chris Callery said he ran through the inspection checklist he uses for annual inspections with attendees during the practical workshop.
“We set Anthony’s truck up over a pit so the attendees could look under the tipper,” he said.
“As I was inspecting the truck, I highlighted any issues I saw to the growers.
“No farm truck will ever be perfect. However, this workshop provided growers with a basic outline of the necessities to be able to pass a heavy vehicle inspection.”
Anthony found the workshops very valuable and said all primary producers should get involved to improve their knowledge.
“We get our mechanic to do annual checks on the truck, but we don’t get to sit and go through the inspection and what to look for in great detail with them like we could in the practical workshop,” he said.
“I think farmers get a bad reputation for having unroadworthy trucks on the road and that has made truck maintenance sound like a bit of a scary thing to them.
“Whatever goes on the road needs to be roadworthy, whether that be a farm-to-farm truck or a truck carting grain and hay on the highway.
“It’s important for us as farmers to take responsibility for heavy vehicle roadworthiness.”
Contact: Anthony Pfitzner, 0429 811 984, firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Callery, 0418 847 957, email@example.com